Film event: Cherokee Word for Water

Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader announced the screening of The Cherokee Word for Water, a film about the revival and empowerment of the Cherokee nation and the rise of first woman chief of the modern Cherokee nation.  Even the distribution model for the film fits its purpose, as a grassroots tool to support further community organizing efforts.  This film embodies the same spirit of local self governance and community empowerment of the community rights movement.

Check out the link above for the trailer and for ways to organize your own local screening, and the info below to get your tickets to the Portland screening.

A significantly important Native American film is in Portland!

The Ecotrust Trust of Oregon is screening Cherokee Word for Water Wednesday, June 18th, at the Hollywood Theater, in Portland.

Reception: 6:00-6:45 PM

Screening: 7:30-9:00 PM

Q&A with Charlie Soap, director and producer, and Kristina Kiehl, producer, will follow the screening.

Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Click HERE for tickets

The Cherokee Word For Water is a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community (living in property) to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem.

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word For Water begins in the homes of a rural Oklahoma community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the Cherokee people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.

Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and fullblood Cherokee organizer, Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly twenty miles of waterline using volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness.

The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day.

Please join us on June 18th to see this Native American film. It is a truly a beautiful and inspiring true story!